His Witness

By: Vanessa Waltz

“What have you done with Tommy?”

He smiles then, and it lightens his whole face. “I’m right here.”

Looking at him, I begin to understand. He’s telling me the truth. There was always a darkness to Tommy’s light. I knew that.

We stay there in each other’s arms for a while, just basking in the joy of being in love, but there’s something needling me. Something we haven’t talked about yet.

“What are you going to do?”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean what are your plans for…you know, work?”

He looks at me. “I might leave New York and go somewhere friendlier. Montreal, maybe.”

I nestle myself in the crook of his neck, my heart tightening and releasing when he kisses my head. Montreal. I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard there’s a great college in the city and a medical school.

“I have a guy who could get us visas easily.”

I feel his stare on my skin and I meet his slightly widened gaze. He’s afraid I’ll say no. That I won’t want to come with him.

“You should know by now that I’ll follow you wherever you go.”

Then a wide, joyful smile spreads over his face, and his eyebrows lift. He looks so damn happy that I barely recognize him.

“I love you, sweetie.”

The pet name I used to loathe rolls from his lips. I grab his face, kissing him hard enough to make my mouth numb, marveling at the fact that someone who kidnapped me could make me feel so free.

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